Samantha Morton tells Louis Theroux about getting aggressive career threats from Harvey Weinstein

Samantha Morton has detailed her “terrible” expertise working with Harvey Weinstein throughout a dialog with Louis Theroux.

The actor and director has been lively within the leisure business for greater than 25 years and is thought to many for her function within the 2002 Tom Cruise-led motion thriller Minority Report as a clairvoyant with visions of an impending murder.

In addition to this, Morton has additionally featured in a number of impartial productions and was nominated for a Bafta in 2020 for her work within the Channel 4 drama I Am Kirsty.

Morton, 46, options on the most recent version (Tuesday 25 July) of Louis Theroux’s self-titled podcast.

After a dialogue about a few of Morton’s complaints about the movie business and “impropriety or dangerous apply on set”, Theroux asks her about working with Weinstein, 71, who based the key movie manufacturing and distribution firm, Miramax.

He’s at the moment serving a 23-year jail sentence for numerous intercourse crimes and is anticipated to spend the remainder of his life incarcerated.

Morton then recollects being advised she was “unf***ready” by Weinstein, earlier than detailing how her refusing to take a job within the 2000 Miramax movie About Adam had an ongoing affect on her being thought-about for different roles.

“I stated I don’t prefer it,” she defined. “‘I feel the movie is basically misogynistic and I don’t wish to be a part of it.’ The casting director got here again with, ‘You don’t say no to Harvey.’”

Whereas Morton recollects being “uber well mannered” about the rejection, and clarifying that the “no” was to the movie and to not Weinstein personally, the actor went on to state how a lot strain was being utilized to vary her determination.

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“I had a telephone name saying ‘you’ll be able to’t say no’… the ‘no’ wasn’t being listened to. So that they stored coming again with this function and I used to be advised unequivocally, ‘You are not going to work once more except you do that function. I’m going to make your life hell. You’ll not work once more.’”

Samantha Morton and Harvey Weinstein


Regardless of having many individuals telling her to take the job, to be at “the Miramax desk”, Morton refused. Later, when she was approached to be part of the 2005 movie The Brothers Grimm, starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, Morton discovered that she acquired pushback from Weinstein, and the function finally went to Lena Headey.

“I forgot about it as a result of it was years earlier,” she continued. “After which all these years later, I realised that [when] I get a proposal, get a letter from a director, if Miramax or then the Weinstein Firm had something to do with it, it was simply terrible for me.

“He had a motive, a deep-seated motive, to simply try to destroy my career… He categorically could not, as a result of I stored working, doing impartial cinema everywhere in the world.”

The Unbiased has contacted a consultant of Harvey Weinstein for remark.

Final month, Joseph Fiennes advised the same account of how a “bullying tactic” from the sex-offending movie producer made him step away from a profitable multi-film deal.

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